Bomb scare shuts down major road

20 September 2017

Written by: Jordyn Hoekstra

A bomb scare on a major Melbourne road has caused traffic and tram delays.

A major Melbourne road has been reopened after it was shut off this morning due to a bomb scare.

Glenferrie Road in Malvern, was closed in both directions between High Street and Wattletree Road, reports ABC News Melbourne. The closure has caused major delays on several tram networks, particularly those city-bound via St Kilda Road.

Three police robots were released to investigate what appeared to be two fire extinguishers sticky-taped to a box on the side of the road.

Due to the suspicious nature of the package, Victoria Police’s bomb response unit were required to conduct safety checks, to ensure the road was safe to reopen.

One officer said that police suspected that the package, found outside of Mexican restaurant Zamberos, consisted old items had become rubbish and were dumped at the scene, reports Nine News.

“The matter was resolved shortly after 8:00am without incident or threat to public safety,” the officer said.

Route 16 trams and 3 trams have since reopened, but still with significant delays.  Yarra Trams said that delays were to be expected on the 5, 6, 58 and 72 trams, as well.